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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2016

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor

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Send Us Your Sightings
We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
Clicking on this link should launch your usual email program.  If this does not seem to work just use the email address.

If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 26 Thomas Crescent, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2HN or to

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
May Total species seen 11      
4 May Three hour walk on the SE side of Alton Water.  Brimstone 8, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 1, Peacock 3, Green-veibed White 2, Orange Tip 1.  Disappointing number of butterflies as Alton Water used to be a good place to see Spring butterflies including Green Hairstreak.  Several Nightingales singing loudly. Alton Water   Richard Perryman
4 May Just seen my first Holly Blue of the year, a male Newton   Dean Morley
4 May In and around the reserve we saw Peacock 1 , Brimstone 2, Orange-tip (m) 4, Speckled Wood 1, Green-veined white 3 on the mud, Small White 2 and the first Hairy Dragonfly of the year! North Cove   David and Lilian Pitt
3 May Common Blue and Small coppers now on the wing SWT Lackford Lakes    
1 May Sightings in my garden --Holly Blue x  2, Green veined White x 1 Leiston:   Carl Powell
1 May First Orange tip for year  Copdock roundabout, from car whilst waiting in traffic queue! Copdock   Neil Sherman
1 May 5 Peacock, 6 Orange Tips Minsmere   Robert Quadling
1 May Orange Tip, by South Belt Crossroads. Minsmere   David Walsh
1 May Holly Blue today - Woodbridge Road, Ipswich   Richard Stace
1 May During our walk round Holywells Park,  this morning we spotted the following butterflies:   5 Brimstones (3 male and 2 female), 1 male Orange Tip, 3 Holly Blues (picture click here) , 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green Veined White, 2 Speckled Woods and 2 Whites. Ipswich   Robert Brown
1 May Nice afternoon with plenty of Butterflies. Several Orange Tips (including female), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green Veined White. Belstead Meadows   Kev ling
April Total species seen 14      
30 Apr A Small Copper was seen on the 30th April at Hoist Covert, Walberswick   Rob and Kerry Reeve
30 Apr At last! April ends with a recovery: Blue sky and temperatures rising through 11C at 10am. 30 Apr.    Orange-tip male in the garden – my first of the year. Bury St Edmunds.   Rob Parker
30 Apr More Orange-tips at West Stow by the river Lark, plus Small Whites, Brimstones and a Peacock. Lark Valley path TL8070 Rob Parker
30 Apr Sightings: The wind was cool but mostly gentle so spent 1.5 hours to see what was about.  In order of appearance: Brimstone 12, Large White 3, Orange Tip 8, Peacock 5, Green-veined White 3 (including mating pair, see photo click here), Small Tortoiseshell 6, Comma 2 (very small) & Holly Blue 2 which is what I hoped for. North End Exning TL6067 Twm Wade
30 Apr 6 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Large White recorded today.  Peacocks out in numbers today 62 recorded SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
30 Apr 3 Green-veined Whites recorded today SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
30 Apr 6 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Green Veined Whites, 1 male Brimstone, 3 Small Whites, and 2 female Orange Tips (photo click here) Martlesham Creek   Robert Brown
30 Apr 2 male Orange Tips, 1 male Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue   Newbourne Springs   Robert Brown
30 Apr 2 Small Whites and 1 Peacock. Hemley Creek   Robert Brown
30 Apr My first Brimstone this year – a fine male flying along Bridge Street this morning Framlingham TM282635) Gary Plank
30 Apr Orange Tip 1, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell 3 Trimley Marshes   Will Brame
28 Apr Orange Tip 1 Yoxford   David Walsh
28 Apr a Nightingale 3 sp Sylvia warblers and Phyloscs around.  2 Small Whites 1, Small Tortoiseshell  Landguard N.R   Will Brame
28 Apr Small Copper today 28th April on Northern section of Purdis Heath. .  Ipswich TM212429 David Basham
28 Apr I would like to report the following sightings today from along the River Gipping at :   2 Small Whites, 1 Green veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Orange Tip, (photo click here) Needham Market   Robert Brown
23 Apr Only 1 Peacock Butterfly seen this afternoon SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
23 Apr Small White 1, on the Butts probably the last butterfly i'll see in April Landguard N.R.   Will Brame
20 Apr Green Hairstreak (photo click here)- my first garden record of the year April 20th.     Bill Plumb
20 Apr Male Brimstone 1, male Orange Tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 8 Ickworth Estate   Richard Perryman
20 Apr Male Brimstone Sizewell Belts NR   Charles Cuthbert
20 Apr Small White near Leiston   Charles Cuthbert
20 Apr Green veined White 1, Small White 2,  Peacock 5, Orange Tip 2 males  Loompit  Lake - Managed retreat   Will Brame
20 Apr Brimstone male 1 Nacton village Levington road   Will Brame
20 Apr Peacock 3 Stratton Hall wood   Will Brame
20 Apr In glorious sunshine, we saw two male Orange Tips and lots of Bee-flies. Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
19 Apr Peacock 1, Green veined White 3, Small White 1,  Small Tortoiseshell 3 Landguard N.R   Will Brame
18 Apr A first for year Large White 1 Landguard NR   Will Brame
17 Apr A female Speckled Wood Lackford Lakes SWT.   Rob and Kerry Reeve
16 Apr Our first Holly Blue sighting of the year seen in the back garden. Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
14 Apr Two Holly Blues in my garden yesterday   TM230452 Jenny Plank
14 Apr Peacock posing nicely on week 2 of transect.  4 Peacock and a Brimstone Sizewell Belts   SWT Coastal Warden
14 Apr My first Small White butterfly of 2016 noted today in warm mid-day sunshine Dunwich   Charles Cuthbert
13 Apr My first butterfly sightings this year at IckworthNT Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock Ickworth   Daisy Bodewes
13 Apr Male Orange Tip and male and female Brimstone seen at the wood today, Theberton Wood   ob and Kerry Reeve
13 Apr Lots of Peacock butterflies (10+) flying in warm sunshine, also a Red Admiral there Westleton Common   Charles Cuthbert
13 Apr Green-veined White 1, Small White 2, Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Landguard butts   Will Brame
13 Apr Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and Small White at lunch Blyth road Halesworth   Scott Mayson
13 Apr Single Holly Blue Broomheath, Woodbridge   Craig Holden
12 Apr My first sighting of Orange Tip.  A small example with a blemish on one wing. (photo click here) Thurston Suffolk   Trevor Goodfellow
12 Apr Seen in our garden today 1 x Holly Blue , 1 x Peacock Chantry, Ipswich   Kev ling
11 Apr Peacock The Grove Felixstowe   Will Brame
11 Apr Comma Peewit Hill Felixstowe   Will Brame
10 Apr Small Tortoiseshell Loompit Lake Trimley st Martin   Will Brame
10 Apr A single Peacock butterfly my only sighting today in sunny but cool conditions Melford Hall NT   Charles Cuthbert
10 Apr The only butterfly i had seen on my visit, Comma along the woodland trail RSPB Minsmere   Robert Quadling
10 Apr 4 Peacock Butterflies seen between 15.10 pm to 16.30 pm SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
10 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshells around allotments Thorpeness   Scott Mayson
10 Apr A Red Admiral was sunning itself outside Aldeburgh library this afternoon Aldeburgh   Bill Stone
10 Apr Male Orange Tip in my Melton garden this am Melton   Rob Johnson
8 Apr Peacock 4 Falkenham from Deben Lodge to fishing huts   Will Brame
8 Apr Peacock 1 Felixstowe Ferry Kingsfleet   Will Brame
8 Apr Small White Newton, Suffolk   Dean Morley
8 Apr I saw my first male Orange Tip of the year Cavendish, Suffol Dean Morley
5 Apr On the Butts p.m. Small Tortoiseshell 3, Fieid Vole 1.  Customs House Comma 1 Landguard N.R.   Will Brame
5 Apr The butterflies along the path between our house and Friar's meadow today were:- Small White (1), Brimstone (1), Small Tortoiseshell (2), Peacock (2) Sudbury   Martin Peers
5 Apr 3 Brimstone butterflies today at 11.30 am in the woods behind the caravan site at Hollow tree country park Ipswich   Peter Compton
3 Apr Peacock 1, Brimstone male 1 Peewit Hill Felixstowe   William Brame
3 Apr This morning - 2 Commas Holywells Park, Ipswich   Robert Brown
3 Apr Two Comma and a Peacock in my garden today Leiston   Carl Powell
2 Apr Just seen a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Must be the earliest one I've ever seen Long Melford   Darren Underwood
2 Apr Just verified butterfly records for Suffolk via iRecord.  Nice to see Large White, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue making an appearance on 2/4     Bill Stone
2 Apr Small Tortoiseshell 1, Brimstone male 1 Trimley Marshes SWT   William Brame
2 Apr Brimstones, Commas,P eacocks, Small Tortoiseshell and a Marsh Harrier flew over Center Parcs Elveden   Graham Hersey
2 Apr Peacock, Comma and Brimstone in our garden Flowton TM 085 470 Rob Clements
2 Apr Butterflies seen today, 20 Peacock, 18 Small Tortoiseshell SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
2 Apr I had 2 Peacocks, 1 Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma in my garden today. (Photo click here) Lowestoft).   Bill Whybrow
2 Apr Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell (photos click here) Trimley St Martin    
2 Apr Finally! My first Suffolk butterfly of the year, a male Brimstone Fakenham Magna TL9076 Bill Stone
2 Apr A peacock butterfly at RSPB Hollesley Hollesley   Eddie Bathgate
2 Apr Small tortoiseshell in the White Lion beer garden in Lower Ufford Lower Ufford   Eddie Bathgate
2 Apr Week 1 of the Transect Season is underway.  On my Spring Lane transect (Bury St Edmunds), at 15 deg C and with 80% sun, I saw one Small Tortoiseshell and one Comma Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
2 Apr As I got home, a male Brimstone crossed my garden. Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
2 Apr 1 Brimstone 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Harvesters Way Martlesham Heath   Laurence Potter
2 Apr Male Brimstone seen in front garden. Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
2 Apr Male Brimstone on the wing in my Kelsale garden this morning at 10.45 hrs Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
1 Apr Small Tortoiseshell in Henley Road, Ipswich and a Peacock in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Ipswich   Robert Brown
March Total species seen 6      
31 Mar Today between 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm, butterflies seen 1 Brimstone and 4 Peacock Ellough Industrial Estate, Beccles NR34 7TE Robert Quadling
31 Mar In the WCBS square TL8482 (available), between the rifle range and golf course, there are sun traps and possibly Green Hairstreaks later.  For this day it was 11 Brimstone, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral & 1 Comma (photos click here), a great walk. (13:00 - 15:00 hrs) Thetford TL8482 Twm Wade
31 Mar Brimstone flying down Valley Road, Ipswich about midday Ipswich   Robert Brown
31 Mar Spring is in the air at Center Parcs today!  Red Admiral and Brimstone butterfly, bee flies, toads spawning and a adder basking in the sun Elveden   Graham Hersey
31 Mar Peacock Falkenham Church   Will Brame
30 Mar Peacock Kirton Creek   Will Brame
30 Mar A Comma seen this morning on blackthorn (photo click here) Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
29 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Levington Creek   Will Brame
29 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Landguard   Will Brame
25 Mar 1st butterfly of the year was seen at Orwell Country Park on Good Friday 25/3/16. A single Small Tortoiseshell     Kev Ling
25 Mar Three first butterflies of 2016 on the wing today near the Suffolk coast - Brimstone, Red Admiral and Peacock Sizewell Belts   Rosemary Lincoln
25 Mar We had male Brimstone, Comma and Peacock in our garden today Sudbury TL882413 Martin Peers
25 Mar In garden Comma and Peacock visiting blackthorn,  Brimstone Theberton TM446 334  Andrew Leng
25 Mar Small Tortoiseshell this morning Carlton Marsh, Lowestoft TM504918 Bill Whybrow
25 Mar We have been for a walk along the River Gipping and spotted: 4 Commas, 2 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells Needham Market   Robert Brown
25 Mar We saw a Small Tortoiseshell amongst the gorse this morning (sunny) quite near the Coastguard Cottages Dunwich Heath   Geraldine Smith
25 Mar Butterflies seen , 8 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Peacock between 12pm to 3 pm  (photos click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
25 Mar Small Tortoiseshells at it on the Butts (photo click here)+ 1 Comma at the Customs House  Landguard n.r   Will Brame
22 Mar Peacock Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
22 Mar male Brimstone Lower Holbrook   Richard Stace
22 Mar Brimstone seen in garden, East Ipswich IP3 8HE at 10am E Ipswich   Richard and Linda Mayhew
22 Mar My first Small Tortoiseshell of the year in Suffolk seen at Minsmere Sluice today at 1215 hrs Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
22 Mar Brimstone at Blyth Road Halesworth at lunch time today Halesworth   Scott Mayson
22 Mar Brimstone and Peacock    Theberton TM446 334 Andrew Leng
22 Mar Peacock SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
22 Mar My wife has seen our first Brimstone Butterfly in Lowestoft today at 11.15 am, along Long Road . LOwestoft NR33 9DE Robert Quadling
22 Mar Four Brimstones seen in different locations around Knettishall Heath in warm sunshine Knettishall Heath   Steve Aylward
22 Mar Landguard Peacock 1,Peewit Hill Small White 2 Comma 2 Peacock 1 Landguard, Peewit Hill   William Brame
22 Mar A warm and sunny afternoon walk around the observatory saw singles of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma butterflies on the wing. Landguard Observatory   from Blog
22 Mar Small tortoiseshell x 2 by Station Rd in Fram today.  Sunning themselves on a metal surface Framlingham   Essie Bathgate
22 Mar A single male Brimstone patrolling a hedgerow in full sun at 9degC.  My first butterfly of the year Ickworth NT TL 821601 Rob Parker.
22 Mar Brimstone (male) in the Water Meadows Bury St Edmunds   John Williams
22 Mar A sunny day - at last - an excited husband calling me to the garden.... A male Brimstone fluttered all the way along the fence, turned and then all the way back and over the path to the cemetery.  He didn't pause at the Buckthorns which are now above fence height but hopefully he will be back with a wife in the future. Framlingham   Geraldine Smith
18 Mar Small Tortoiseshell at Felixstowe Ferry, on river wall Felixstowe   Richard and Linda Mayhew
18 Mar Our first garden butterfly sighting of the year today - a Small Tortoiseshell Flowton.   Rob Clements
18 Mar My first Small Tortoiseshell of the year, not surprising as it turned out mild this afternoon. (photo click here) Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Mar We had a Tortoiseshell in my garden Sutton heath.   Gary Coppard
17 Mar The warmth of the sun this morning brought the first butterfly of the year out in the form of a Small White Landguard    
17 Mar My first Comma of the year nectaring on garden heathers here today     Charles Cuthbert
17 Mar I would like to report my first butterfly sighting of the year….a Small Tortoiseshell (photo click here)at Landguard, Felixstowe this afternoon, Landguard   Robert Brown
16 Mar Fleeting glimpse of a Small Tortoiseshell on the Sizewell Estate today, although seemed to cold and windy! Sizewell   SWT Warden
14 Mar My first butterfly sighting of the year. Small Tortoiseshell (photo click here) at Friars Meadow, Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury   Samuel Chamberlin
14 Mar Saw first Peacock of this year 12.30 pm a few hundred meters from Gainsbourgh Sports Centre Ipswich   Peter Compton
10 Mar Saw a Peacock today, my first butterfly for the year, at Ipswich Golf course (Purdis Farm) Ipswich TM208432 Neil Sherman
10 Mar 3 Peacock Butterflies seen between 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles NR34 7TE Robert Quadling
3 Mar Red Admiral, 12.30 hrs, air temp then 8 deg C. Iken   Charles Cuthbert
February Total species seen 5      
29 Feb Peacock butterfly at s car park Oulton marshe TM 510935 Gavin Durrant
26 Feb I had a sleepy Peacock in my Lowestoft garden this morning.  Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow.
25 Feb Saw a Small Tortoiseshell today! Gliding around a field margin at Sizewell Sizewell TM 459658 SWT Warden
25 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Henniker Rd Ipswich   Rob Johnson
24 Feb Comma butterfly seen at Sandy Close Trimley St Martin basking in the sun and flying Trimley St Martin   Chris R Brown
21 Feb Its only February but today at work at center Parcs Elveden, I saw my first Grass Snake & Red Admiral butterfly Center Parcs   Graham Hersey)
19 Feb Peacock in flight at Thurston, I spotted it yesterday in the barn, must have crawled out of hibernation and took flight in today’s sun. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Feb A Peacock butterfly in flight at Snape Maltings Snape   Carl Cornish
7 Feb Male Brimstone, making the most of the sunny day. Holywells Park, Ipswich   Helen Saunders
January Total species seen 2
25 Jan Peacock whizz through the garden. Couldn't get a photo but was able to positively identify. Paul Harrison
23 Jan Approximately 11am in Kesgrave (Longstrops bridle way) I saw a Red Admiral butterfly. Kesgrave

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Photographs from 2016 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Small Tortoiseshell - photo by Robert Brown

Small Tortoiseshell - photo by Sam Chamberlin

Small Tortoiseshell - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Small Tortoiseshells - photo by Will Brame

Peacock - photo by Robert Quadling

Peacock - photo by Robert Quadling

Comma - photo by David Carter

Brimstone - photo by Twm Wade

Comma - photo by Twm Wade


Small Tortoiseshell

Comma - photo by Bill Whybrow

Orange Tip - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Green Hairstreak - photo by Bill Plumb

Orange Tip - photo by Robert Brown

Orange Tip - photo by Robert Brown

Holly Blue - photo by Robert Brown

Green-veined Whites - photo by Twm Wade
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